The Contribution of Social Enterprises to Value Creation in Europe: The case of Dopper BV in the Netherlands

Chapter 10 in B. Sjåfjell, G. Tsagas and C. Villiers (eds), Sustainable Value Creation in the EU: Towards Pathways to a Sustainable Future through Crises (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2022)

University of Oslo Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2022-10

Posted: 11 Jan 2022

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Tineke Lambooy

Utrecht University School of Law

Henk Kievit

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Aikaterini Argyrou

Utrecht University, School of Law, Students; Nyenrode Business University

Rob Blomme

Nyenrode Business University; Humanistic Management Network

Olivera Vuletic

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: January 11, 2022

Abstract

Governments and the markets in Europe have traditionally failed to adequately address environmental and ecological issues such as the access to clean and drinkable water and the water pollution of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. However, social enterprises across Europe have demonstrated that social entrepreneurship can play a role in providing creative and efficient solutions to social, environmental and ecological problems while employing inclusive and participatory governance models, which involve stakeholders and the affected society. Research in this chapter focuses on social enterprises in the Netherlands, which country also suffers from ecological problems. Through a case study analysis of the Dutch social enterprise ‘Dopper’, which organisation aims to contribute to solving the problem of plastic waste, creating awareness about this problem as well as about access to drinking water, the contribution of value creation is analysed. Against the backdrop of a discussion concerning the emergence of social enterprises in the Netherlands despite the existence of a supportive legal framework, this chapter also illustrates examples of legal and participatory governance structures employed in Dutch social enterprises’ organisational structure and function. These can serve as illustrations of sustainable business structures in the Netherlands and in Europe.

Keywords: Social enterprise, social entrepreneurship, stakeholders, stakeholder-participation, participatory model, governance, decision-making structures, legal organisational forms for social enterprises

Suggested Citation

Lambooy, Tineke and Kievit, Henk and Argyrou, Aikaterini and Blomme, Robert J. and Vuletic, Olivera, The Contribution of Social Enterprises to Value Creation in Europe: The case of Dopper BV in the Netherlands (January 11, 2022). Chapter 10 in B. Sjåfjell, G. Tsagas and C. Villiers (eds), Sustainable Value Creation in the EU: Towards Pathways to a Sustainable Future through Crises (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2022), University of Oslo Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2022-10, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4006132

Tineke Lambooy (Contact Author)

Utrecht University School of Law ( email )

3508 TC Utrecht
Utrecht
Netherlands

Henk Kievit

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Aikaterini Argyrou

Utrecht University, School of Law, Students ( email )

Utrecht
Netherlands

Nyenrode Business University ( email )

Straatweg 25
P.O. Box 130
Breukelen, 3620 AC
Netherlands

Robert J. Blomme

Nyenrode Business University ( email )

Straatweg 25
P.O. Box 130
Breukelen, 3620 AC
Netherlands

Humanistic Management Network

Sankt Gallen
Switzerland

Olivera Vuletic

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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